The typhoons and rain have passed; the leaves have now turned crisp and brown. Due to the brisk weather and with the help of our team, the number of guests to Ngong Ping 360 has increased. We saw a double-digit growth in the number of guests during the National Day Golden Week compared to the previous year. I would like to express my gratitude to you for your unremitting efforts. Despite our heavy workload, you have maintained your professionalism and enthusiasm for service, making a positive contribution to the company.
To further boost visitation and enhance the travel experience, last October, Ngong Ping 360 Martial Arts Festival was held with an array of veteran Shaolin performers providing marvellous demonstrations of Shaolin Kung Fu and 18 weapon fighting shows. This year, an extremely difficult Shaolin routine, Kid Kung Fu, also debuted in Ngong Ping Village. The event also included a Shaolin Martial Arts Workshop allowing parents and their children to learn a few authentic Shaolin Kung Fu moves. I am pleased to report that we received a good deal of media coverage for the event.
Now that the peak season of December is here, Ngong Ping Village has donned a new costume, featuring white Christmas elements. In addition to festive Christmas decorations, a lifelike snowfall effect is introduced to Ngong Ping Village to create a romantic wintery ambience for guests.
As well as receiving international guests, we held an unprecedented corporate fundraising event last September: Hong Kong’s first cable car fundraising activity - Blindfold Cable Car Experience. More than 800 people participated in the event, which eventually raised HK$380,000 for Orbis. As the saying goes, “we give back to society what society gives us”.
Last October, I was invited to the Debate Series organised by South China Morning Post, at which I shared my thoughts about Hong Kong tourism in the future. Given the near-completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, we need to seize this rare opportunity to join hands with other cities on the mainland to provide a multi-destination travel experience. Hong Kong should be positioned as the first stop to ensure that a large number of guests visit Lantau before travelling to other cities. I look forward to the government’s development of long-term plans to attract business and leisure visitors to Lantau to promote the healthy growth of Hong Kong’s tourism industry.
I am glad that the New Year is around the corner and it is time for us to plan ahead and seek for changes. Let’s closely work together to make Ngong Ping 360 a highly impressive tourist attraction and gain more support from the general public and the worldwide guests!